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Wasteland. The Phosphorite War, 7/12

Wasteland. The Phosphorite War, 7/12

ceramics (candle)
23 × 30 × 24 cm
2021-2022
€500
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Introduction

Work from the series Wasteland. The Phosphorite War

For Laura Põld it is important to know the history of the materials as well as to study traditional handiwork and building techniques as a way to preserve certain experiences and memories. Wasteland. The Phosphorite War (2021-2022) is Laura Põld’s series of small fountains, volcanoes and water basins made of ceramics, ultrasonic misters, smoke machines, LED lights and fountain pumps.

The Phosphorite War was an environmental campaign in the late 1980s created to fight against plans by the central government of the Soviet Union to open large phosphorite mines in Estonia. Interestingly, this ecological movement triggered a nationalist movement across the Baltic states, which later led to the restoration of the independence of all three countries. Now in times of energy crisis and climate alertness the mining wastelands of the past envisioned by Põld emerge once again.

The works from the series are included in the Kogo Gallery project (E)Motional Landscapes representing artists Kristi Kongi and Laura Põld at Liste Art Fair Basel 13.6–19.6.2022.

About the artist

Laura Põld (1984) continuously explores fundamental human (and animal) needs, including community, safety and shelter. She started making paintings and installations referring to a sense of home and living abroad in the 2010s. In her latest work, she focuses on her choice of materials and their historical context, implementing traditional handiwork and building techniques like (primitive) ceramics and embroidery, which interest her as preservation of memory and experience. In her oeuvre, Põld has been engaged in creating a sense of place, combining and juxtaposing materially sensitive objects, narrative elements and memorabilia within the qualities of specific exhibition space. Her often large-scale constructions or installations either take over or interfere with the allocated exhibition venue and/or its context.

Laura Põld studied ceramics at the Estonian Academy of Arts, painting at the University of Tartu and sculptural conceptions and ceramics at the University of Art and Design Linz. She has been awarded with a number of prizes and scholarships like the Eduard Wiiralt scholarship (2008), Ado Vabbe scholarship (2013), annual prize of The Cultural Endowment of Estonia (2014), Köler Prize grand prix (2016) and grand prize of The Cultural Endowment of Estonia (2018). Laura Põld is based in Tallinn and Vienna.

More works by this artist

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Tufted rugs, plywood, varnish, 205 × 60 × 3 cm, 2021
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2500 €
Tufted rugs, plywood, varnish, 95 × 80 × 90 cm, 2021
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Burlap, yarn, cord, felt, 90 × 95 cm, 2022
3500 €
Tufted rug, rope, felt, 135 × 180 cm, 2022
6300 €
Open the series
2021-2022. It is a series of small fountains, volcanoes and water basins made of ceramics, ultrasonic misters, smoke machines, LED lights and fountain pumps.
Tufted rugs, 2 larger, 6 small pieces, 80 × 80 / 70 × 40 cm, 2021
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